Not only is Martha Brooks an award-winning novelist who has been published internationally, but she is also a talented Jazz singer! With that much creativity flowing through her veins, Martha penned us her thoughts on her dual creative outlets and how Jazz influenced her new children’s book Winter Moon Song:
My parallel career as a jazz singer, working with the inventive minds of other jazz musicians, underscores the solitary rhythmic work I do with words. Music imbues my life in the everyday, whether it’s birdsong at the family cabin at Pelican Lake, raindrops drumming on the roof, wind scattering autumn leaves, waves lapping at the shore (the very music of nature) a beloved human voice dropping down through silence, or the sacred and profane and beautiful wall of sound that my jazz brothers make (and I lean against ) — piano, bass, drums — whether we’re performing Day by Day, or Teach Me Tonight, or I Fall in Love Too Easily.
Am I a writer or am I a singer? The answer is: both. I began my creative life as a singer, writing followed, and now I can scarcely imagine what I would do without the shelter of either art form. Perhaps that’s why my little rabbit is the way he is: full of the power and beauty of the natural world as he finds his own way to honor the Winter Moon Song.
Check out some of Martha’s soulful Jazz on iTunes! It’s the perfect music to curl up with when reading Winter Moon Song, a lovely story about a little rabbit who finds a special way to brighten the darkest month of the year.
Martha Brooks is launching her new book Winter Moon Song in Winnipeg on Wednesday October 15, 7:00 pm at McNally Robinson (1120 Grant Avenue)! For more information see the official event page.